Monday, February 8, 2016

Sewing Up Art

Needles were once made of bone, 

                                                        Bone needles Museum Dorestad

antler or ivory and thread was made of sinew, and veins.  And the LORD God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife, Genesis 3:21.

                           The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise. Painting by Benjamin West, 1791

He must have used something for needle and thread and so they learned to sew.

The art of sewing, attaching objects using stitches made with a needle and thread. It is the oldest textile art.

                        The first functional sewing machine was invented by Barthelemy Thimonnier, in 1830

Sewing machines were not invented until the 19th century so all sewing was done by hand. Every lace trimmed, jewel encrusted, smocked and pleated dress in the court of Marie Antoinette 

                                     Marie Antoinette, Versailles, France by Heinrich Lossow

was sewn by hand. Every tunic, codpiece and breeches worn by Henry VIII 

                                                       Hans Holbein, Portrait of Henry VIII 
was sewn by hand.

Every quilt my granny made, every button my mom sewed was done by hand.

This week enjoy Sewing Up Art.

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